Ukraine Has No Gas Left

KIEV, Ukraine -- Gazprom said yesterday Ukraine had used by January 25 all the natural gas it was to receive this month. Gaz Ukrainy, a subsidiary of Naftogaz Ukrainy, is suspending the deliveries to insolvent enterprises.

Gazprom said yesterday morning that Ukraine had already consumed the Russian and Turkmen gas it was to receive in January.

Naftogaz Ukrainy is set to economize the gas as much as possible cutting off the supply to 500 companies. The contracts resuming the gas deliveries to Ukraine are not signed yet, therefore, formally, there is no one to provide the country with gas.

Sergey Kupriyanov, the spokesman for Gazprom, said yesterday morning Ukraine had already consumed the Russian and Turkmen gas it was to receive in January. “Ukraine has used the January quota for gas and keeps on siphoning off Russian gas that is intended to be exported to Europe,” Mr. Kupriyanov told Rossiya TV channel. Gazprom’s press service said, however, that they had no plan on further steps so far.

The record-high daily consumption of gas (407 million cu. meters compared to the usual 300 million cu. meters in wintertime) was registered on January following a severe frost. Italy, Hungary and Poland reported that they had not received their gas shares in full. Gazprom’s deputy chair of the board Alexander Medvedev claimed that “the gas is staying in Ukraine.”

Naftogaz Ukrainy admitted to removing the gas and came up with a few schemes to pay for it. However, the agreement between Naftogaz Ukrainy and Gazprom of January 4 has not been turned into contracts with RosUkrEnergo and a joint venture to sell the gas in Ukraine has not been set up yet. Nominally, no one is in charge for the gas supply of Ukraine now.

Gaz Ukrainy, a subsidiary of Naftogaz Ukrainy, circulated a statement yesterday announcing suspensions of the supply to more that 50 insolvent enterprises in Ukraine.

Source: Kommersant

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